FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan
July 31, 2014
Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, firstname.lastname@example.org Local Officials Demand Gov. Snyder End Aramark Prison Contract, Hold Company Accountable for Banned Employees County commissioners express concern over privatization given high-profile failure of prison contract
Progress Michigan intern Tiffany Silgas blogs today about the recent water main break in Los Angeles and the need for increased spending on our infrastructure.
When I resided at the UCLA student-housing co-op, I had an ideal student life. I always had a hot meal and rent was cheap. I worked four-hours a week to supplement the cost-of-living. I would always have a new roommate every quarter, sometimes even a completely different room. My days were fairly routine at the UCLA co-op.
…emergency managers run for the hills.
Or at least that’s what Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s unelected emergency manager, did yesterday when he returned control of the city’s Water and Sewage Department to Mayor Mike Duggan.
When I was a child my parents used food stamps to help feed me and I’m not ashamed. I’m not ashamed because it wasn’t my fault. I’m not ashamed because it wasn’t my parents’ fault. More importantly, I’m not ashamed because no one should be ashamed that at some point in their life they had to rely on the help of others to get by.
Deadlines are supposed to mean something. That’s what I learned when I was a reporter (although I, admittedly, wasn’t always the best at hitting them). But somehow, deadlines didn’t seem to apply last Thursday at the Board of Canvassers meeting where they were considering putting a $10.10 minimum wage question — courtesy of Raise Michigan — on the ballot.
Another week, another example of people in power rigging the system. This Week in PM Blogging: The Right Tweets
The online trolls were out in force during Netroots Nation and my Twitter activity was unknowingly feeding into their zeal. The thing I never expected was the blatant hate and racism being thrown at Detroit and Detroiters.
I attended my first Netroots Nation in Detroit last week and it exceeded all of my expectations.
I learned about what it means to be a progressive from some of the best and brightest advocates in the country. But don’t worry, this blog won’t just be me gushing about all the great people I met and new friends I made – it’s even bigger than that.
It’s easy to get caught up in our own day-to-day lives, in the bubble that is state politics and niche issue areas. We are the stars of our own movies after all.